Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers

The So So Glos, Rebuilder

Sun, September 21, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA

$20

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

Stiff Little Fingers
Stiff Little Fingers
Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”. In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.
These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality.
Over the years, their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. Their studio albums demonstrate their passion and anger, each in its own way. In ’94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, Guitar and Drum, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled “Strummerville”.
After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. They are currently working on a new album, and many of the new songs have been debuted at live gigs, with tremendous response from fans. With song titles like Trail of Tears, My Dark Places and Liar’s Club covering topics such as the recent economic collapse, Jake’s personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism in the west. Jake has said, “You’ve probably worked out by now, I don’t do “comedy” songs !!” But the songs continue to inspire fans old and new. Countless people have already contacted Jake to say that “My Dark Places” gave them the strength to tell others about their own bouts with depression.
Though focused on their new material, they always play the old favorites at gigs. Jake said, "You have to strike a balance. The difficulty with a band like ourselves is to try not make it sound like a cabaret band. Obviously, it’d be very easy to go, ‘Hey, here’s another old one you may remember.’ A lot of the old songs the audience greet like old friends. I suppose it’s the same as any band that’s been around for any length of time. And yes, there are nights that we don’t particularly want to play “Alternative Ulster” or “Suspect Device” because we’ve heard them ‘til they’re coming out our ears. But there’s always the possibility that somebody out there has never seen the band before, never heard them."
Using the band’s rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band. The result is the band’s latest release – No Going Back was released in March 2014.
The So So Glos
The So So Glos
The So So Glos are a punk rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Alex Levine (vocals, bass), Ryan Levine (guitar, vocals), Matt Elkin (guitar, vocals) and Zach Staggers (drums, vocals). They have toured the U.S. and Europe extensively on their own and are recognized for their active participation in New York’s all-ages venues and the DIY movement. “[They are] hometown heroes,” says Blackbook Magazine of the band’s high level of community involvement, “They rule the underground, all-ages music scene in the city.”

Brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, originally from Bay Ridge, met drummer Zach Staggers in pre-school. Through divorces and remarriages, Zach became their step-brother and they began playing music at a very early age. Over the course of their childhood, the three brothers moved around the New York metropolitan area frequently, yet always devoted time to writing and playing music together.

The So So Glos adopted their current name in 2007, the same year they self-released eponymous debut, recorded after-hours in a Staten Island studio with childhood friend Adam Reich. Guitarist Matt Elkin joined the band late in the year, just prior to their first cross-country tour. They returned in early 2008 and co-founded all-ages Brooklyn venue The Market Hotel with DIY show promoter Todd P.

The So So Glos released their EP, Tourism / Terrorism, in fall 2008 through Warner subsidiary Green Owl Records. Consisting of nine tracks, the EP received an A- from Robert Christgau and won the “Best Punk Album” category of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards. After several D.I.Y. tours of the U.S. in support of the album, the band toured Europe as an opening act for …Trail of Dead.

During the summer of 2009, The So So Glos teamed up with Shea Stadium founder Adam Reich (who is also a touring member/producing collaborator of New Jersey band, Titus Andronicus) to establish the all-ages performance space/recording studio in Brooklyn affectionately called Shea Stadium. They toured the U.S. and Canada for six weeks with New Jersey heroes Titus Andronicus and embarked on their second European tour (supporting the Virgins) shortly afterward.

In June 2010 the band recorded new material with Nicolas Vernhes at the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They released their 7-inch EP Low Back Chain Shift on October 12th that same year. They supported both Matt & Kim and the Futureheads during their North American tours that autumn.

Their 2nd full length, Blowout, was released in partnership with Shea Stadium records April 23rd, 2013. Garnering 4 out of 5 stars from Rolling Stone and glowing reviews from Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Blackbook Magazine and Stereogum among others, the band embarked on their 2nd tour with titus Andronicus after their Network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman. They will hit the road again August 16th with Diarrhea Planet followed by a trek with Desaparecidos.
Rebuilder
Rebuilder
2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble participant and Boston Music Award nominee for ‘Punk Artist of the Year’, Rebuilder rips open the preconceived stitches of punk rock to deliver their expansive, mature, and complex sophomore album, “Rock & Roll In America”. Their debut full-length on Panic State Records, “RNRIA” reinvents the self-proclaimed gnarly rock band’s sonic footprint, transcending the traditional three chord punk progression and showcasing the evolution of the band’s collaborative writing styles. Passionate, stirring and with a ‘never say die’ attitude in the same vein as Frank Turner or Against Me, Rebuilder’s live shows are packed with the resilient emotion of DIY music inspired by the honest truth, the instinctual reaction and the second wind that holds you back from the brink of exhaustion. Rebuilder hit the scene in 2013 and has opened for acts such as The Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Dead Milkmen and Stiff Little Fingers. ‘Rock & Roll In America’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas of Defeater at Getaway Studios in Haverhill.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138